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2k gaming build final review, buying soon!

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December 19, 2011 10:21:46 PM

I *think* I have done enough research and reviewing of products and recommendations but i would certainly appreciate your feedback on what I have come up with. Mainly a gaming system with some photoshopping.

I have mouse/keyboard and HD monitor (HP w2408h) already.

CPU - i5 2500k

Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

MoBo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

GPU - 2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1560-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX)

CASE - Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black

SSD - Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB

HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM


SLI the 2 560 ti's and have no current plans to OC but like to have the option. Will install windows 7 pro builder version.

I actually have a little more money I could spend with what this is coming up to on newegg, any recommendations that would show big improvements?

I will probably make the purchases tomorrow unless I have to make radical changes to the build. Thanks!

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December 19, 2011 10:38:35 PM

The thing that would make the most improvement would be the video card and it would only be realized when playing a game and of course it would depend on how much extra cash you had. This is still a 560Ti but it is the 448 cores one.

EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since we're spending more money , why not get a little more power?

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$194.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everyone has thier opinion on the best SSD and mine is this.

Other than that call in your order.
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December 19, 2011 11:04:31 PM

I calculated your total to be around $1500, so you still have $500 more to spend, or maybe less if Windows 7 is also required to fit in the 2k budget. You should go for two GTX 570's in SLI and get a more powerful PSU to support it. Two GTX 570's and a PSU upgrade that you should probably get will bring the total to around $1850, so you will have enough money left for Windows.
I recommend:
This GTX 570 if it gets back in stock
Otherwise this one which is a little more expensive
At least get some GPU with a blower style cooling, as those work better for SLI.
A good 1000W PSU

If Windows isn't in your budget, you can always use the remaining money to get a better case, like the Corsair 500R, a better heatsink, like the NH-D14, or a better SSD (larger)
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December 20, 2011 1:05:00 AM

I do need to include windows 7 pro in the cost of the system, should have mentioned that.

So now I am vacillating between the 2 560's or a single evga gtx 580. Any recommendation regarding this or any particular changes I would need to make to the build?
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December 20, 2011 1:51:38 AM

magebreaker said:
I do need to include windows 7 pro in the cost of the system, should have mentioned that.

So now I am vacillating between the 2 560's or a single evga gtx 580. Any recommendation regarding this or any particular changes I would need to make to the build?


2 GTX 560 TI 448 looks good.
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December 20, 2011 2:21:13 AM

I would much rather get one high end card and then add another down the line when you start seeing a decrease in performance
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December 20, 2011 2:36:37 AM

Go for 560ti 448 3 way sli :) 
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December 21, 2011 12:36:05 AM

Best answer selected by Magebreaker.
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December 21, 2011 12:37:02 AM

Thanks for the feedback! Now hopefully I can get it built without issues. :) 
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